Statistics prove that car seats save lives, but choosing the right car seat and making sure it is properly installed are vital to protecting your child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 35 percent of children aged 12 and under that were fatally injured in a car accident were not properly secured in their car seat.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 660 fatalities and 121,350 injuries suffered in car accidents by children 12 years of age or younger in 2015. Fifty-nine percent of children were not properly restrained in their child safety seat, or car seats that were installed incorrectly. Manufacturers and distributors of infant and child car seats are responsible for including detailed directions and illustrations for proper installation and usage of their products. Failing to do so can have tragic consequences.
Your child’s age, weight, height, and physical needs are important when choosing the proper child restraint seat. Safety reports are available with comparable ratings on car seats currently on the market. Price is an important factor for most parents, but spending more money on a car seat that will protect your child in the event of an accident is worth the extra money you may have to spend.
Rear-Facing vs. Forward Facing Car Seats
One of the most debated topics in child safety seats is whether a child is safer in a rear-facing seat or a forward-facing car seat. According to a study conducted by The Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention and reported in The Wall Street Journal, children two years old and younger are safest in a rear-facing car seat. Manufacturers recommend rear-facing car seats according to a child’s height and weight, but researchers found that rear-facing car seats are 15 percent more effective at preventing injury for children two years of age and younger, regardless of their height and weight.
Head injuries are the leading cause of serious injury and death for children involved in wrecks. A rear-facing car seat distributes the force of a crash more effectively than forward-facing seats and thus prevents head, neck, and spinal injuries in children two years old and younger. The location of where you place the car seat is equally important. Children 12 years old and younger should always ride in the back seat of a vehicle. Injury and fatality rates were reduced by up to two thirds for children sitting in the back seat of a car or the rear bench in a van or SUV. The front seat should always be avoided for children under 12 years old.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Children Injured in Car Accidents
A car accident involving children that are injured is a devastating event for all involved. Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are committed to seeking justice and compensation for their clients involved in a car accident with their children. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529), or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.
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